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Common Threads: Top Seahawks Players To Suit Up For Both The Seahawks & Cardinals This Century

With the Seahawks preparing for a pivotal Week 18 divisional matchup, here are the top players to suit up for both franchises during the 21st Century.


With the 2023 regular season nearing its end, the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, in their second divisional matchup of the year. Heading into the last meeting, we looked at some of the top players to suit up for both franchises throughout both teams’ history, so this time around we're focusing on the 21st century:

RB Edgerrin James

In 2020, running back Edgerrin James was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame following an 11-season career spent with three teams. In 1999, James was selected fourth overall by the Indianapolis Colts. In his first season, the University of Miami alum rushed for 1,553 yards and 13 touchdowns to take home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. James reached the 1,000-yard mark five times in seven seasons with Indianapolis, before joining the Cardinals as a free agent in 2006. In three seasons in Arizona, James recorded consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and 2007. In 39 starts, James rushed for 2,895 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns across 794 carries. In 2009, James joined the Seahawks for his final season, playing seven games.

DT Russell Davis

In 1999, the Chicago Bears selected North Carolina Tar Heels defensive tackle Russell Davis in the second round. In his rookie season, Davis played 11 games, recording 17 tackles, 2.0 sacks and three tackles for loss. The following season, the Cardinals claimed Davis from the waiver wire, leading to five seasons in Arizona. In that span, Davis started 75 games, recording 234 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Davis would join the Seahawks in 2006 for one season, recording 3.0 sacks in 13 contests. In 2007, Davis earned a championship as part of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLII team.

DL Red Bryant

Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryant was selected in Round 4 of the 2008 draft by the Seahawks, but his career didn't get off to the fastest start. Bryant played in 14 games across his first three seasons, before a move from defensive tackle to defensive end led to him becoming a starter in 2011. That season, the man known as "Big Red" would set a new franchise record of four blocked field goal attempts, while earning the Steve Largent Award for exemplary spirit and dedication to the organization. After being named a captain for the 2012-13 season, Bryant would go on to help the Seahawks win their first championship with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. In 2014, Bryant signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting every game before moving on to the Buffalo Bills the following offseason. After being waived by the Bills in the fall, Bryant played the final six games of his career with the Cardinals in 2015.

DT Alan Branch

After a decorated career at the University of Michigan, defensive tackle Alan Branch was drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Cardinals. In four seasons, Branch participated in 47 games, recording 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Branch would get his first opportunity to be a starter with the Seahawks, after signing with Seattle in 2011. Branch would start all 31 games he played in with the Seahawks across two seasons, recording 63 combined tackles, 4.0 sacks, eight quarterback hits and six tackles for loss. In 2013, Branch joined the Buffalo Bills for one season before moving on to the New England Patriots. After playing just eight games in his first season with the franchise, Branch became a full-time starter in 2015, helping the Patriots to capture two Super Bowl rings (XLIX, LI).

G Pete Kendall

Boston College standout offensive lineman Pete Kendall was selected No. 21 overall in 1996 by the Seahawks. Beginning his career at left guard, Kendall became an immediate starter for Seattle to close out the century, starting in 75 of 76 games across five seasons. In 2001, Kendall joined the Cardinals, starting at left guard before moving to center in 2003. After starting all 36 contests over three seasons, Kendall moved on to the New York Jets in 2004 at 31-years old. Age didn't slow down Kendall's consistency, and he started all 45 games with the Jets across three seasons. In 2007, Kendall joined Washington for his final two seasons, starting 32 games at guard.

The Seahawks and Cardinals face off on Sunday, Jan 7, 2024. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Cardinals.

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